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  1. tokyoracer

    PB190, is it the worst? (Probably).

    Does anyone know if the 5300 parts are interchangeable with the 190? I.E. RAM and video output upgrades?
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    Performa 630 DOS issues.

    Likewise, thanks for the heads-up.
  3. tokyoracer

    My screen is blue (Radius Pivot SE/30)

    Nice one @Bolle! That's a really good looking cable! I can't believe I let this card to sit around. It's great to see someone really appreciate it and get it up and running! I suppose that's what this place is all about. Hopefully the display issues can be rectified with a bit of trial and error. It seems to me that Pivot displays are quite unique and replicating them could be tricky with modern monitors. Are the ZIP RAM chips standard? One would hope that they wouldn't be to dissimilar to some that you see for sale quite often these days. If so finger's-crossed that it would make the cards resolutions more flexible and might have the added bonus of more greys! Then once sorted, I suppose it's just a case of making an adapter plate. I suppose you could just 3D-print one (or get someone to make one), if you're not too rough with it.
  4. One thing that I'm a little surprised that wasn't noticed is that he left all the ROMs on the board when it went in the washer. When I (hand) washed my Classic II board, I made sure I removed anything removable so that it could try more efficiently. Including the ROMs. Not to mention I'm never a fan of doing this unless I feel I have to. Overall, not a huge deal but IMHO, the less I can submerge in water, the better. As for the twisting/rocking the caps, I watched it and immediately I was not a fan of this method either. I was surprised he even suggested this was (he thought was) the best. If they haven't leaked than maybe it wouldn't be so bad but since they had (badly too) and has started to corrode, it's a massive risk as it's already almost certainly compromised the pads. I've yet to get into recapping myself but I think of I did, I'd prefer to desolder them and use gravity to let the weight of the board drop (onto a soft surface) while the cap is still in the pliers. Still at least it still worked for David this time I suppose. However I don't think this is a "fool proof" method by any means. Frankly is there really is a defacto right way to do these jobs? At least on vintage hardware? I guess you got to do what works best for you, or at least what gets the best results with as few screwups possible.
  5. tokyoracer

    Color Classic with weird behavior

    Seriously good advice Alex, I will bookmark this for when I attempt my first recap.
  6. tokyoracer

    ROMBUS - 64 MB flash interface for Mac Plus

    I'd definitely be interested in this if you can post it to the UK. $40 seems very reasonable.
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    Noisy Fan, flaky power switch in my LC III

    I replaced the switch in mine, it's a standard rocker switch that can be found all over eBay. I was tempted to fit a glowing one in there but stuck with a black one. Few wires? Should only be two (positive and negative / red and black).
  8. tokyoracer

    Boxed eMac acquisition!

    Box doesn't look that bad really. The polys atleast all good. I'd keep it if you have storage space.
  9. tokyoracer

    PB190, is it the worst? (Probably).

    Oh them? Yeah I have a few of those. But seriously, I read about that. Seems really bizarre that they didn't make it past the pre production stage being as the drives are so easily removable. I suppose my only upgrade options are the external display and memory. I should think finding either would be like finding a needle in a haystack, with no needle in it.
  10. tokyoracer

    PB190, is it the worst? (Probably).

    As promised, albeit a few hours late (sorry it's a bit dark): Since taking the pictures I've gutted the battery pack, with great difficulty I might add (what a mess!). So now there's no more gaping holes. Does anyone know if there was a CD-ROM drive for these?
  11. tokyoracer

    PB190, is it the worst? (Probably).

    I did spot the PCMCIA slots on the side, that will be very useful! Also, it's a nice surprise to learn of the IDE hard drive, that definitely makes me feel a lot better about this purchase. It's a pity mine appears to be such a bare-bones system but the later PPC ones could be upgradable, do any of you guys know if they fit the 68K models? I'm assuming the connections will be different being very different architectures. Specifically I'd like to see if I could get an external display upgrade as well as RAM.
  12. tokyoracer

    PB190, is it the worst? (Probably).

    Just finally received a PowerBook 190 I won some time ago on eBay. Widely regarded as (one of) the WORST PowerBook's designed and made. I can kinda see why people have that opinion or it. Plastics are poor, can't use an external display (at least on mine), no mic input and because it's not the "c" model, it's only 16-colour grey scale. But you know what, I couldn't resist the price. Plus unlike.most, this was in such good shape and it's probably the only working example I've seen that is also cosmetically 100% clean and without any damage at all (other than some battery mess but that's all deposited on the inside of the case thankfully). Boots into 7.5.2 and I can clearly tell it hasn't seen much use in its life. Pictures to follow tomorrow...
  13. tokyoracer

    (Failed) Conquest

    Glad to hear you got your package. It was good of them to look after it for you, though why they couldn't leave you a note to let you know is beyond me. Why do American services do this? Here in the UK they have to leave it in a secure place or a neighbour. Otherwise it gets taken back to a depot, post office or rescheduled for a different day. As for Clockometer. Il have to check that out myself and see what it says for my machines. Was always curious if they're running at correct speeds, thanks for the heads up! I remember having a couple of LC's with the 'wrong' MHz rated CPU, I always wondered what it was actually clocked at. I sold them before I could ever find out sadly.
  14. tokyoracer

    Scored a IIfx lot with extras

    Wow. The only IIfx I got was bundled with a II on eBay near 10 years ago. Batteries absolutely nuked the board so I have only a IIfx without a motherboard. Even got a bunch of 64-pin RAM for it still. They're scarce even in the US, just imagine how hard it is to get one here in Blighty! Not sure if I want to just sell what I have left of it or keep it in the hope something might happen.
  15. tokyoracer

    PowerBook 170 hard drive won't spin up

    Might be sticking. I take it you're getting to the disk screen on the PB? Try powering it on and listen out for any drive activity. If you hear some noises coming from it, it might be worth (if there's enough room) seeing if it splins up after jolt from your wrist. It may actually be safer to open the drive up the lid and manually spin it (not touching the platters) to see if the motors pick it up. I've got a full size drive that does this. As I did, only do this when you've eliminated other possible issues first.
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